K-State Wheat Geneticist Gill One of World's Foremost Experts

His research is heavily relied upon by peers.

Bikram Gill, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and director of Kansas State University's Wheat Genetic and Genomic Resources Center, is listed on ISIHighlyCited.com as one of the world's most influential researchers in the site's plant and animal science category. In the data set used, his work was cited 2,177 times from 1984-2003, which surpassed the requisite 1,850, officials with ISIHighlyCited.com said. That put Gill among elite company - in the top half a percent of all publishing authors.

Thomson Scientific's www.ISIHighlyCited.com is a free, publicly available Web site intended to highlight the world's most cited authors from the last two decades and to create a network of highly cited researchers across diverse disciplines. Gill's bibliography on the site lists 416 publications, from 1973-2008.

Gill is an international expert in wheat who has dedicated more than 30 years to researching the food staple's genetics. At K-State, he heads a team responsible for mapping the genome of the wheat plant so breeders can create new varieties with desirable characteristics, whether for disease resistance, high yield or for use as a biofuel.

"If your publications are cited often by your colleagues all over the world then it means your research is significant and others are making further advances based on your work," Gill says. "When you publish a paper, if it doesn't add to new knowledge or solve a specific problem then it may be ignored."

At the very least, Gill says he's obligated to publish at least twice a year - which he's obviously surpassed.

"A large number of publications is an indication of productivity," Gill says. "We are getting a lot of grant money and doing and publishing lot of research. We've developed crucial genetic stocks and made fundamental advances in the wheat genetic system, such that researchers all over the world are using these genetic stocks, technical know-how and the knowledge."

Gill has been at K-State since 1979. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in botany from Punjab University in India, and his doctorate in genetics and plant breeding from the University of California at Davis.

John Leslie, head of K-State's department of plant pathology, praised Gill's work.

"Bikram Gill's work lays the foundation on which wheat research around the world depends," Leslie says. "His recognition as one of the most cited authors indicates the impact that his work has had on the crop of greatest economic importance in Kansas. His efforts have made K-State one of the world's leaders in research on this critically important crop."

In addition to being "highly cited," articles out of Gill's laboratory also rank among the most cited in three of the most respected journals in his field, according to statistics compiled by researchers in Gill's lab. A 1994 article titled "Recent advances in alien gene-transfer in wheat" ranks as most cited in Euphytica. Coming in as second most cited in Genome is a 1991 article titled "Standard Karyotype and Nomenclature System for Description of Chromosome Bands and Structural Aberrations in Wheat (Triticumaestivum). A 1996 article titled "The deletion stocks of common wheat" is third most cited in the Journal of Heredity. Gill is also listed among the top 10 highly published scientists in Theoretical and Applied Genetics.

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